'Go home' drone seeks to stop Japan overtime binge Dec 08, 2017 0 37 12345 AFPTokyoA drone that hovers over Japanese employees and blares music to force them to go home was unveiled on Thursday, as the country tries to reduce its notoriously long work hours.The"T-Frend" buzzes over those trying to work late, blasting out the strains of"Auld Lang Syne", a Scottish tune typically used in Japan to announce that a store is closing."You can't really work when you think 'it's coming over any time now' and hear 'Auld Lang Syne' along with the buzz," said Norihiro Kato, a director at Taisei, an office security and cleaning firm that co-developed the system.The drone is equipped with a camera, which stores footage on an SD card. Office scenes can also be monitored almost in real time from a remote location.The machine recognises its location on a building floor without GPS.Taisei plans to start the T-Frend service in April in collaboration with drone system developer Blue Innovation and telecoms operator NTT East.The fee for the service is yet to be officially set but"the target price" is around 500,000 yen ($4,500) a month, said Kato.T-Frend's developers are also studying the possibility of giving the drone facial recognition technology to tell who is in the office after hours or whether there is an intruder.Firms have therefore turned to security companies for this task, but they have struggled to provide enough staff given a nationwide labour shortage in Japan. T-Frend therefore serves the twin function of reducing overtime and making up for this labour shortage, the firms claimed.Japan's government has been trying to change a culture in which working long hours is perceived as proof of loyalty and dedication. Every year in Japan, long working hours are blamed for dozens of deaths due to strokes, heart attacks and suicides. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES War inevitable with US drills & threats: N Korea Dec 08, 2017 0 369 Swearing-in of Odinga an act of 'high treason', says Kenyan AG Dec 08, 2017 0 32 UN raps Cameroon over rights abuses in Boko Haram fight Dec 08, 2017 0 34 Chinese media tells how to survive nuclear attack REUTERS BEIJING A state-run newspaper in China's Jilin province, which borders North Korea and Russia, published a page of"common sense" advice on how readers can protect themselves from a nuclear weapons attack .. RPT-Russian lawmaker, citing N. Korean envoy, says Pyongyang does not want escalation - Ifax (Repeats with no changes to text) MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - A Russian lawmaker who met North Korea's ambassador to Russia said on Thursday that Pyongyang did not want to escalate tensions with the United States over .. Zimbabwe govt keeps promise of restoring farm rights to whites REUTERS HARARE A white Zimbabwean farmer kicked off his property at gunpoint in June has been told he will be going home within days, the first signs of the post-Robert Mugabe government making good on promises to respect .. Niger starts evacuations from Libya, 500 citizens flown home AFP Niamey Niger has flown home more than 500 of its citizens from Libya as part of an urgent repatriation plan which will see up to 4,000 people evacuated, the foreign ministry has said. The move follows global shock over .. RPT-Russian lawmaker, citing N. Korean envoy, says Pyongyang does not want escalation - Ifax (Repeats with no changes to text) MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - A Russian lawmaker who met North Korea's ambassador to Russia said on Thursday that Pyongyang did not want to escalate tensions with the United States over .. Russian lawmaker says N Korea doesn't want escalation after meeting envoy MOSCOW A Russian lawmaker who met North Korea's ambassador to Russia said on Thursday that Pyongyang did not want to escalate tensions with the United States over its missile programme but did not fear war, the .. Senegal opens new airport AFP Diass Senegal has opened a flagship new airport on Thursday, seven years later than originally planned but with ambitions to become a west African regional hub with a capacity for three million passengers. President ..